2 key questions to optimize coding audits

Posted by Andrea Romero, RHIA on Oct 3, 2016 2:44:25 PM

In our soon to be released second annual HIM Benchmark Report, 70% of HIM leaders indicated they increased auditing efforts in 2016 and a whopping 96% projected to maintain or increase this level of auditing in 2017.

Topics: CPI

ICD-10 QUICK TIPS: Proper Episode of Care Coding for Injuries and Cause of Morbidity

Posted by National Compliance and Quality Audit Team on Sep 8, 2016 12:46:08 PM

This week's post comes from National Compliance and Quality Audit Manager, Sharon Nichols, BSBEB, RHIT, CCS, CHTS-TR.

Topics: ICD-10, Education


Posted by Pamela Hess on Aug 4, 2016 12:11:59 PM

Now that the smoke has cleared from the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, the healthcare industry is taking stock of how the transition changed the industry landscape.

Topics: ICD-10, Coding, AHIMA, CDI

Russel Head Joins himagine solutions inc. as Chief Operating Officer

Posted by Mike Taylor on Aug 3, 2016 3:56:12 PM

himagine solutions inc., the largest provider of Health Information Management (HIM) outsourcing solutions to healthcare providers in the US, today announced that Russel Head has joined the organization as the new Chief Operating Officer based in Tampa, Florida. In his role Mr. Head will be responsible for all client and revenue generating initiatives including sales and client management, as well as himagine’s industry leading recruiting team.

Topics: HIM, Health Information Management, Healthcare, Management, Corporate

ICD-10 QUICK TIPS: Three Ways to Correctly Code Summer Burns in ICD-10-CM

Posted by National Compliance and Quality Audit Team on Jul 20, 2016 10:10:00 AM

This week's post comes from National Compliance and Quality Audit Manager, Sharon Nichols, BSBEB, RHIT, CCS, CHTS-TR.

Topics: Education

With the Right Preparation ICD-10 Updates Can Increase Revenue

Posted by Samantha Champagnie on Jul 18, 2016 10:00:34 AM

The next wave of the ICD-10 transition may help Organizations increase revenue through higher level of specificity in claim submission. The key to this success is driven by continuous monitoring of coding accuracy.

Topics: Outsourcing

Rise of the Super Coder: HIM Professionals in Clinical Documentation Improvement

Posted by Pamela Hess on Jun 27, 2016 10:10:00 AM

In today’s shifting healthcare landscape, the evolving disciplines of HIM, clinical documentation improvement and healthcare informatics are merging. The recent implementation of ICD-10 offers additional opportunities to further specify the patient’s condition that enhances provider communication as well as accurate reimbursement. As risk base insurance models increase, many organizations are in the process of expanding their clinical documentation improvement efforts in order to drive optimized revenue and compliance.

Topics: Outsourcing

To Abstract or Not to Abstract? That is Cancer Registry's Biggest Question

Posted by Linda Fine on Jun 20, 2016 3:18:15 PM

With each tick of the clock cancer registrars are feeling more and more anxious to receive information from the cancer registry standard setters regarding the 2016 changes. This information is usually released in January, however, six months later many registrars are finding their hands tied. Until the new standards are released to the software vendors and state registries, no one can complete or submit 2016 cases to state or regional registries.

Topics: Education

himagine CEO Michael DiMarco Talks Coding and the Third-Party Option

Posted by Mike Taylor on Jun 20, 2016 10:12:38 AM

The following information comes from the June 2016 issue of For the Record  magazine. 

As outsourcing models gain a foothold, health care organizations weigh the pros and cons.

Outsourced models are increasingly recognized as an attractive and viable option for a number of operational areas within health care organizations. In line with this trend, many organizations are considering the potential of moving either some or all of the coding function to a third-party service provider.

Topics: Outsourcing

ICD-10 QUICK TIPS: General Surgery Pearls of Wisdom

Posted by Melissa McLeod on Jun 13, 2016 9:52:24 AM

Hello to everyone in ICD-10 land! In my past blogs I have focused on the specialty specific areas of coding where confusion exists, but let's face it, a large part of what we code every day is in the area of General Surgery, which poses its own set of unique challenges. So many guidelines and.let’s not forget the selection of the root operation, body system, body part, device, biopsy and the list goes on. I am a big advocate of getting back to the basics so let’s start there and review some starting points.

Topics: Education